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Egypt's former president speaks to public for 1st time since detention, says sad for country


This image made from video broadcast on Egyptian state television shows former President Hosni Mubarak inside the defendant's cage in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, May 11, 2013. The retrial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resumed Saturday, with prosecutors requesting to present new evidence from a fact-finding commission's report that claims the ex-leader had full knowledge of the extent of the violence used against protesters. (AP Photo/Egyptian State Television via AP video) (The Associated Press)

Egypt's former president, Hosni Mubarak, has spoken to the public for the first time since his detention two years ago, saying he is dismayed at the country's state of affairs and particularly the plight of the poor.

The 85-year old Mubarak spoke to Al-Watan newspaper after a session of his retrial for his role in the killing of hundreds of protesters during the uprising that forced him to step down in 2011.

He was detained two years ago and put on trial. He has since been hospitalized, sentenced to life in prison and then granted a retrial.

Mubarak told the newspaper that it was too early to judge his elected successor, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi.

Mubarak's comments were published Sunday, a day after his trial session.